Originally Posted by TNC
The fender shape/design is a well debated issue. While most of our later bikes are watercooled, allegedly the fender design is still something that often contributes to engine cooling. Just something to be aware of. It can also be argued that a big cake of mud splattered on the engine doesn't do any favors for engine cooling either.
As you may know, folks have gone to great lengths ($$$) to create a low front fender similar to big KTMs that mount to a fork brace for Kawasaki KLR650s, that users swear reduces front end float etc at speed. Maybe I don't ride fast enough on mine to note the need.